What roles do you need to juggle as both a therapist and a trauma specialist?
I am a friend, a listener, a confidante and therapist all at once. It is important to be transparent with your patients.
How are the depressed ‘people-pleasers’?
Those who have low self-esteem tend to conceal their weakness by trying to please everyone. There are others who withdraw.
Many celebs fall prey to depression. Has it to do with fame?
The constant pressure of expectations, the lack of appreciation and feeling unwanted when things don’t work your way.
Would depression explain Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha’s suicide?
Yes, she was depressed. But to what extent, I don’t know. There can come a time when a person just snaps. It can happen to anyone.
Why so few trauma specialists in India?
India is way behind in mental health because of social taboos. The conventional school of therapy still holds sway. There are only three or four trauma specialists here.
Do superstitions still rule over therapy?
People in the 18-30 age bracket are open to counselling. Those above 40 prefer consulting astrologers or even tarot card readers.
Do you think the mentally ill should have a say on their treatment?
It depends on the patient’s condition. You can’t expect an incoherent, dysfunctional person to know what line of treatment to follow.
Is the risk of depression higher in women?
Not really. Women are more prone because of hormonal changes, environmental and family pressure. Men go into masked depression, they don’t always speak up.
Your book Beating the Blues is due out.
On October 26. It’s a road to recovery for those suffering various depressive disorders.
Have you ever been depressed?
No. Strong genes and a busy career help.
Apropos the 10Q with Seema Hingorrany (Oct 22), I thought the lady was more worried about her picture than the content of her interview.
Three things. 1. I had lost contact with my old friend from Goa and suddenly a phone call from him after a few years made me realise that a sincere but emotional individual may be a victim of depression. 2. The perception that consulting has to be done when an individual’s depression crosses ‘normal’ limits is also one reason why people avoid going to a clinical psychologist. 3. Unless we make consultations with psychiatrists affordable, and unless they too avoid a treatment based on excessive medication, I’m afraid not many will be willing to meet them.
Narendra M. Apte, Pune
Looks like Outlook is bored of peddling paid journalism from ruling party(Congress) and for a change they want to tap new clients . If Outlook wants to be taken seriously, why dont you have a special issue on the whole subject (Depression) and analyse the issue threadbare and also examine the not so gracious role played by these psychologist in creating a lucrative industry that thrives on the misery of others?
PS - The Personal Counselling industry is not doing anything new as a service to society. earlier Religion and religious leaders and elders were sought for the same task and they offered a free and relatively selfless service. But today we have a new age industry that takes advantage of rising (forced) secularisation of society and makes itself profitable out of misery of the masses.
I thought this lady was more worried about her picture than content of her interview.
(1) I had lost contact with my old friend from Goa and suddenly a phone call from him after a few years made me realize that a very sincere but emotional individual may become a victim of depression. (2) Perception that consulting has to be done when an individual’s depression crosses ‘normal’ limits is also one reason why people avoid going to a clinical psychologist. (3) Unless we make consultations with psychologists affordable for ordinary people and unless they (psychologists) avoid prescribing a treatment based on excessive medication, I am afraid not many people will be willing to meet clinical psychologists.
I must express this. I was frightened, when I used to see butterflies as a child. Perhaps, I saw reason to. There was nothing else to be frightened of. It seems, one needn't be frightened of anything. If I am run over by a car, I will not know, if I am dead.
Is this a paid feature disguised as an interview? Seems very likely.
Come on Editor, be honest.
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